Pope: “construction of a world community, with a corresponding authority

By Frank Schönbach
January 25, 2013

5 and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”(Revelation 17:5)

Source:  “Vatican Calls for World Government and a New World Order”

On November 7, 2011, I published an article on this blog titled “Is the Vatican Paving the Way for the Anti-Christ?”   It concerned the publication of the “Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, produced a document titled “TOWARDS REFORMING: THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL AND MONETARY SYSTEMS IN THE CONTEXT OF GLOBAL PUBLIC AUTHORITY.”   In essence, this called for a one world governmental and finacial authority.   I was told by one Catholic that “just because something comes from the Vatican doesn’t mean it came from the Pope.”  I disagreed because it was obvious that the pope had his fingerprints all over that document.

On December 3, 2012, we heard this same vision from the horse’s mouth.  On that day, the Pope gave a speech before the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, calling for for the “construction of a world community, with a corresponding authority,” to serve the “common good of the human family”.  Obviously, this time there is no doubt that not only this speech, but the 2011 document, came directly from Herr Ratzinger himself.

Of course, there is no hint of malice here.  No, of course not.  The pope was quoted as saying:  The proposed body (World Government) would not be a superpower, concentrated in the hands of a few, which would dominate all peoples, exploiting the weakest.  Of course it won’t be a new superpower, that will NEVER happen.  Sorry to say Herr Ratzinger, even with the best intentions, no organization or governmental authority will stay within it’s mission statement very long.  Power hunger will soon dominate and the world will be the worse for it.  The pope actually believes that this “moral authority that has the “power to influence in accordance with reason, that is, a participatory authority, limited by law in its jurisdiction.”   Once again, no global governmental authority will remain a pacifist for very long.  Once it has a “moral” control, it will soon have a control by force.  After all, that is what is coming, and all signs show these days that we will not have much more time to wait.

In 2010, this same pope called for a central world bank to control all the economies of all nations.  With calling for a one world political authority and a one world economic authority, there is but one piece left for the pope to call for–a one world religion.  There is already one such religious body in place that can easily become that one world religion, the end-times religion that will bring all who are still on earth to worship the Antichrist….and that would be the Roman Catholic Church.

Whatever one believes about end times eschatology, there is no doubt that the Church of Rome is attempting to lead the way for the coming New World Order, an order that will not be a force for peace.

Friends in Christ, watch the signs of the times as Jesus told them in Matthew 24.  Christ can return at anytime.  We must be ready, we must be in Him.

God Bless you all.


Church of Rome vs Israel

18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I have given this land,  From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates: (Genesis 15;18)

 “It isn’t the size of Israel that bothers the muslims; it is the existence of Israel.”~Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel

The long held antagonistic view of the state of Israel and the Jews has once again reared its ugly head in the form of remarks coming from the Church of Rome.  According to an op-ed by Giulio Meotti on the website Ynet news, an Israeli site, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, the Vatican’s representative to Jerusalem, said in an interview with Die Tagespost that “Israel’s existence as such has nothing to do with the Bible.” He then compared Christians’ condition in today’s Jerusalem with Jesus’ Passion: “We Christians never forget that even our Lord himself suffered and was mocked in Jerusalem.”

Now Fouad Twal was appointed to this position by Herr Ratzinger, aka Benedict XVI.  This means that anything he might say is papal approved.  That is why this is unfortunate and nothing new.  Consider the Vatican 2010 synod which stated about Israel that they “cannot use the Biblical concept of a promised land or a chosen people. “We Christians cannot speak about the Promised Land for the Jewish people”, the synod’s document said. “There is no longer a chosen people. The concept of the promised land cannot be used as a base for the justification of the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of Palestinians.”  Twal also denounced what he calls the “the Judaization of Jerusalem,” and attacked Israel for “trying to transform it into an only Hebrew-Jewish city, excluding the other faiths.”

It is obvious that the Vatican is playing the replacement theology card once again.  They are ignoring God’s eternal covenant with Abraham through Isaac and Jacob.  Rome believes they have replaced Israel because the Jews killed Jesus.  Yes, that may be technically true, but they also had help from the Romans (interesting the Vatican never denounces Rome).  Could it be that the Vatican doesn’t realize that Jesus was born so that He could die for our sins and our salvation?  In other words,  we all killed Him because of our sin!

There’s been a string of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish rhetoric from the Church of Rome lately.  Take the story Pope DEMANDS a Palestinian State Soon, which began “On Friday, June 3d, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI met with Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority which recently brought the terrorist group Hamas into the organization.  After the meeting, the pope said “that soon the state of Israel and the Palestinian state must live in security, at peace with their neighbors and within internationally recognized borders.” 

Throughout history, the Church of Rome has persecuted the Jews through both words and actions.  Consider these examples:

  • Fourth century:  “Saint Ephraem Syrus calls the Jews the ‘circumcised dogs’ and ‘circumcised vagabonds’, and refers to Judaism as a worthless vineyard which cannot bear fruit. In his writing, Ephraem refers to God’s punishment for the Jews. Because they reviled Jesus, the Lord has banished them from their land, and now they are condemned to wander over the whole face of the earth.”
  • 388 AD:  “A mob of Christians, at the instigation of their bishop, looted and burned the synagogue in Callinicum, a town on the Euphrates. The Emperor Theodosius wanted those responsible punished and the synagogue rebuilt at the expense of the bishop. But instead of supporting justice, St. Ambrose used God and the bible to insist that the Emperor NOT provide justice to the Jewish victims.”
  • 1215: the Fourth Lateran Council required the Jews to wear “distinctive clothing.” More councils followed, either with distinctive clothing or badges to identify the Jews:
    Council of Narbonne 1227, Arles 1234, Beziers 1246, Albi 1254, Nimes 1284, Vienna 1289, Avignon 1326 and Vabres 1368. In 1435 it was the king of Sicily requiring this and in circa 1555, it was Pope Paul IV requiring the Jews to wear “distinctive headgear.” (Ever wonder where the Nazi’s got the idea for the yellow badges?”)
  • 1940s:  “Cardinal Adolf Bertram, Archbishop of Breslau and head of the German Bishops’ Conference, opposes all public protest against the deportation and massacre of the Jews. He has a cordial relationship with Hitler, and in May 1945 he orders requiem masses for Hitler be offered in all his parishes.” (Click here for source )

Of course, the list can go on and on.  The Church of Rome has no love for Israel or its people, it never has, and, going on, they never will.  No, the Church of Rome favors the invented Palestinians, not the Israelis.  One can only looks at the last two popes, Herr Ratzinger who prayed in a mosque and his predecessor JPII who kissed the unholy koran, the book that commands muslims to kill Jews and Christians.  I did look for a picture of a pope kissing a Torah scroll but could not find one. The more anti-Israel they are, it is all the more obvious that they will be the foundation of the one world religion during the Tribulation.
The land has been Israel’s since Abraham and his family moved into the Promised Land 3,995 years ago.  God made an eternal covenant with Abraham which was passed to his son Isaac and then to Jacob.  All one has to do is read in Hebrews:
13 For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “I WILL SURELY BLESS YOU AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.” 15 And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise. 16 For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute. 17In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose interposed with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. (Hebrews 6:13-18)

I know that the book of Hebrews is in the Catholic Bible because I looked.  It’s time the Church of Rome realizes the meaning of the above verses and changes their rhetoric toward Israel.   Of course, that will never happen.  And it is only going to grow worse.

And to think that Rome calls all non-Catholic denominations anathema.  No Rome, the anathema is you!

Click here for the op-ed

JPII: The Blood Tour

4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.(Exodus 20:4)

The kissing of the blood

On May 1, 2011, a ritual was held at the Vatican for beatification of the late pope John Paul II. During the service the current pope, kissed a vile of the blood of his predecessor. The Vatican declared the blood “a relic for veneration.” Now, the blood is on a world tour.

The blood was most recently on the tour was Colombia.  According to the Catholic News Agency, the blood would “be on display for veneration (read adoration and worship) January 2-22 in the cities of Bogota and Cartago.”  According to Father Slawomir Oder, postulator of John Paul II’s cause for canonization and custodian of the relic, “His blood is the symbol of life, life given for God and for others and its presence reminds us of the Christian vocation to spend one’s life loving God and neighbor,”[1]  The presence of the blood in Bogata lead to long lines, as the picture below illustrates.

The line to see the blood in Bogata, Columbia

The blood was in Mexico last August. According to Newstimes.com, in an article titled “Can John Paul II bring hope to Mexico?”:
In what Catholic leaders pray can help end Mexico’s tribulation of gangland slaughter, the late Pope John Paul II, or rather a bit of his blood, has begun a tour of the country.

Several thousand believers filed Thursday past a small crystal capsule holding the blood at Mexico City’s Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe, ground zero of this country’s Catholic faith. Extracted from John Paul shortly before his death in 2005, the blood rests in the folded hands of a glass-enclosed wax effigy of the pontiff.
“In the folded hands of a glass-enclosed wax effigy of the pontiff,” can anything be more creepy?

the blood
The blood

What are we as Christians to make of this? I asked that very question to a former Catholic who has now been heading a Christian ministry aimed at bringing the Truth to the Catholics of the world. His reply was short and sweet and to the point: “It is all part of the disgusting fruit of Rome, paganism and unregenerate people.” I completely agree. It is disgusting and it is pagan. And it screams of idolatry. What is the purpose of this tour? It is for the veneration of this relic. Veneration is worship, adoration and awe, much in the same way the Roman church worships and adores the Eucharistic wafer and Mary.

What is it with the Roman church and relics? They do have many. Some are claimed to be the actual wood of the cross on which Christ died. Others can be pieces of clothing belong to their dead saints, said saint’s body parts; fingers and such, heads or even their entire bodies. A monastery in the Sinai desert, St. Catherine’s, claims to posses the still alive actual burning bush from which God first spoke to Moses! Never mind that the bush is at least 3,460 years old.

Just what is the purpose of these relics? The Roman church has hundreds of dead people they have deemed “saints,” they venerate Mary and they have thousands of relics all around the world. They have “patron” saints for almost anything from carpenters to the internet. (Pagan religions have gods and goddesses for almost anything too) How many members of the Church of Rome have St. Christopher medals or a small statuette of him on their dashboards when they travel in order to be kept from harm? Of course, those are good luck charms, which are no different than what the pagan world uses.

What these do is draw attention away from the One who we must worship! All of this praying to Mary, to dead people who may not even be in heaven, to statues and to relics draw people away from God, not toward Him. Is it any wonder God said “You shall have no other gods before Me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God..(Exodus 20:3-5)

That is exactly what the Church of Rome is doing! God is not the object of their worship, not with all the different things they pray to and adore. Those in the Roman church must wake up! The Truth is not in your church and unless something happens soon, it never will be. Your leaders are sending you to hell with their false Gospel, their false Christ and their false salvation.

The only way to salvation and eternal life in Heaven is through faith and trust in Christ. Salvation does not come from the pope or the traditions of the Church of Rome. Pagan practices such as those the Roman Church use, cannot save a soul. None, zero. In John 14:6, Jesus tells us “I am the way, the Truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” That’s it. No amount of confessions to a priest, of worshipping a wafer, kneeling in front of a statue of Mary or obeying the teachings of the Roman Church will save you. All Catholics must know that they have been led astray by their leadership. They must repent and come to Christ and leave the false religion that has deceived them all these years.

Is the Vatican Paving the Way for the Anti-Christ?

15 And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17 and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six. (Revelation 13:15-18)


On October 24, 2011, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, produced a document titled “TOWARDS REFORMING: THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL AND MONETARY SYSTEMS IN THE CONTEXT OF GLOBAL PUBLIC AUTHORITY.” This document, issued with full papal approval, calls for a world political authority and a world economic authority.

According to the Catholic News Service, the document says that the current global economic crises has “revealed selfishness, collective greed and the hoarding of goods on a great scale” and calls for a “supranational authority that is “needed to place for the common good at the center of international economic activity.” The major step in this would be to reform the “international monetary system in a way that involves developing countries” through the creation of a “central world bank.”

The document points out that Herr Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) teaches that the crisis “obliges us to re-plan our journey, to set ourselves new rules and to discover new forms of commitment, to build on positive experiences and to reject negative ones. The crisis thus becomes an opportunity for discernment, in which to shape a new vision for the future. In this spirit, with confidence rather than resignation, it is appropriate to address the difficulties of the present time.” What exactly does this mean? Herr Ratzinger is putting the concept of Catholic social justice on steroids. The Roman church has long supported programs, usually its own, that would bring about economic “justice” to the world in order to form the one thousand years of peace it believes would have to take place prior to the return of Christ. The only way for this to happen is, through human efforts alone, establish a society under the Roman pope in which everyone shares all things thus making all people happy and peaceful. Unfortunately, that concept is nothing but a pipe dream doomed to failure. All man-made attempts at establishing utopias have failed miserably. Without God in the picture, no solution will succeed.

The document also proposes “taxation measures on financial transactions, forms of recapitalization of banks with public funds that make support conditional on ‘virtuous’ behavior aimed at developing the real economy and more effective management of financial shadow markets that are largely uncontrolled today.” Herr Ratzinger himself “expressed the need to create a world political authority.” This desire should be no surprise to anyone. The Roman church since its inception has called itself the one true church and only through the Roman church could the world be made better and that salvation could come.

But in this case, the Romanists are playing right into the hand of Satan. As the last days near, Satan knows he has little time left to bring about mass deception in hopes of preventing the ultimate victory of Christ. The more the world spins out of control, the more the people will clamor for one, supreme ruler in order to solve all the problems of the planet. Thus, the Anti-Christ will rise. A one world government and economy will be established. A man known as the false prophet will control a one world religion, a religion that is man centered instead of Christ centered. What better to build this one world religion upon but the church of Rome!

Where will the Anti-Christ rule from? The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits (Revelation 17:9b). Who is this woman? And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, 5 and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (Revelation 17:1-5) There is but one answer, Rome and through the Roman church. Rome is identified by the seven hills. The priests, bishops, cardinals and pope of Roman church clad themselves in scarlet and purple. Pagan Rome sent many early Christians to their deaths for their beliefs. The church of Rome sent many of the reformers to their deaths, their only offense being proclaiming the truth about Rome and the Truth of God. The Anti-Christ will rule from Rome and will be fully supported by the one world religion based upon the Roman church! There is no doubt that this document is the latest move by Rome to pave the way for the Anti-Christ.

When I first reported on the issuance of this document, I was told by a Catholic that “a message from a Vatican office does not imply the Pope. He only has authority over matters of faith.” Really? Does this mean that Herr Ratzinger was totally oblivious in the preparation of this document? Does this mean he had no input? Ratzinger is quoted throughout the document. The department which issued the document is the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace! The word “pontifical” shows that these men who are on the council answer to the pope. These were not a bunch of rogue cardinals and bishops preparing this behind Ratzinger’s back. In the case of this document, a message coming from a Vatican office does imply the pope. All articles I have seen on this quote the pope, are full of statements such as “the pope says,” “the pope teaches,” “the pope believes,” etc. Herr Ratzinger’s fingerprints are all over this document. His followers can claim otherwise all they want, but that does not hide the truth about this. This is from Ratzinger himself.

The only way anything in this document will be established is through the coming Anti-Christ, the false prophet and the Roman pope. And it will fail and will be judged when Christ returns.

Charles Spurgeon was quite correct when he wrote “I question if hell can find a more fitting instrument within its infernal lake than the Church of Rome is for the cause of mischief. And your church will in its measure, be the same if bereft of the Spirit.”

Catholics, it is time to wake up. Your leader is at the least an extreme socialist if not a Marxist. You will not find salvation through the words spoken and the traditions established by 267 fallible, wretched sinners posing as the head of the church and calling themselves the holy father. Salvation is through Christ alone through faith.

Pope DEMANDS a Palestinian State Soon

On Friday, June 3d, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI met with Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority which recently brought the terrorist group Hamas into the organization.  After the meeting, the pope said “that soon the state of Israel and the Palestinian state must live in security, at peace with their neighbors and within internationally recognized borders.”  And it has to happen soon, since the United Nations General Assembly will vote on recognizing a palestinian state in September.

There are many things wrong with this.  Besides meeting with a terrorist organization that recently gained support from Egypt’s soon to be ruling government, the Muslim Brotherhood, the pope is in severe error in thinking that chopping off another chunk of land rightfully belonging to Israel and giving it to a non-nation, there are theological issues that come into play.

There is no question that the Roman church and the Jews have had, at best, a tedious relationship.  Although they’ve never said it officially by name, the Roman church believes that since the Jews “killed Jesus,” the church from that moment has replaced the Jews as God’s chosen people.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  But given Rome’s record, demanding a Palestinian state be formed should come to no surprise to those who believe that replacement theology is false doctrine.  Thus, given the Word of God on this, the Pope is putting his followers in dire straits.

Now the Pope is recognized as a great theological scholar.  One would think then that he has read through the Bible at least once.  And that he had read Genesis, in particular the parts containing God’s covenant with Abraham and his descendants. Just in case he hasn’t, I’ll briefly comment on these verses that the Pope seems to have just glanced over.

And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”~~Genesis 12:3

This promise was made during God’s first contact with Abraham, that He would make the patriarch and his descendants a great nation.  Let’s consider the curse part of God’s promise.  Anyone who is against Abraham, his descendants, which are those through his son Isaac and then Jacob, they will be cursed by God.  This includes both individuals and nations.  It is a long list of nations that have raised the sword or failed to support the Jews and the state of Israel.  For example, there is no longer a Babylonian empire, nor an Assyrian empire.  The empire of Alexander the Great no longer exists as is true of the Roman Empire.  Does the pope really want to risk God’s wrath on his church?  I would hope not, but then again, given their history with the Jews, Rome will go to great lengths to support anyone except the Jews and Israel.

On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I have given this land, From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates: ~~Genesis 15:18

Here God describes the nation that will be planted by Abraham and his descendants.  Note the large mass of land this is!

Why would the Pope want Israel to give up the land that God ordained?  If anything, Israel is currently occupying just a tiny piece of its true, God given borders, with most of its land currently being occupied by Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Turkey.  Why doesn’t the pope, great scholar that he is, realize this?  Why isn’t he calling on the true occupiers of the covenant land to return it to its rightful owners?  Again, taking land away from Israel is not going to lead to God blessing anyone, but curse He will.

And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before You!” 19 But God said, “No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his [b]descendants after him.~~Genesis 17:18-19

Perhaps the Pope believes that the covenant with Abraham includes the descendents of all his offspring.  In the above verse, we see that it is only through Isaac that the covenant will continue. (It is unconditional and unending by the way).  Here Abraham, in his old age, is seen seriously doubting that he and Sarah will ever be able to produce a son. Abraham asks God to basically make Ishmael the holder of the covenant.  But God plainly tells the patriarch that it will pass through only Isaac and then through Jacob and the descendants that follow, including the present Jewish state of Israel.  To think otherwise is again, is asking to be placed under God’s curse.

May all who hate Zion Be  put to shame and turned backward;~~Psalm 129:5

The psalmist sums it up clearly and simply.  The pope and all world leaders, including our own misinformed and theologically naïve President must take heed concerning their relationship with Israel.  To treat Israel as if she were the scum of the earth isn’t going to bless anyone.  All one needs to do is look at the world condition.  Israel has no true friends; not even the leadership of this country.  The world leaders need to be prayed for, that they will change their view of God’s chosen people and end the constant attacks against Israel.  Otherwise, life will not be good for any of the leaders nor their people.

The Abrahamic Covenant–Part 2


1Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; 2AndI will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed
. (Genesis 12:1-3)


What is known about Abraham is what is written in Genesis.  He is first mentioned as one of the three sons of Terah. (Genesis 11:26)  He was born in Ur of the Chaldeans about 2166 BC.[1]

Growing up in Ur, a major religious center southeast of Babylon, Abraham very likely knew of the local deities and perhaps worshipped one or more.  He may have read the Sumerian creation saga as well as the Epic of Gilgamesh.[2]

It should be noted that Abraham and his family were originally pagans.[3] Joshua, in his farewell address, reminded the Israelites of this saying “From the ancient times your fathers lived beyond the River, namely Terah, the father of Abraham and father of Nahor and they served other gods.” (Josh 24:2)  Monotheism was a new concept and took time to take hold.  Rachel, wife of Jacob, stole “household idols” prior to leaving to Canaan. (Gen 32:34)  Even during the Exodus, the people constructed a golden calf to worship. (Ex 32:1-6)

It is also very likely that Abraham could have heard first hand experiences of the Flood and the Tower of Babel.  Noah and Shem were both alive when Abraham was born; in fact Abraham was fifty-eight when Noah died.  His great-great-great grandfather Pelag, in whose lifetime the earth was divided, could have told him all about what happened at Babel. (Genesis 9:29, 10:25, 11:10-19)

There is confusion about when Abraham left Haran.  Millard Erickson points this out when commenting on an apparent discrepancy noticed by Dewey Beegle.  Luke wrote about Abraham “Then he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran.  From there, after his father died, God had him move to this country in which you are now living.” (Acts 7:4)  In contrast, Moses wrote that “Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed Haran.” (Genesis 12:4)  Abraham was 135 years old when Terah died.  Why the sixty year discrepancy?  Erickson writes that “Beegle concludes that specific words certainly are not authorative.  That would involve dictation.”[4] (This was in discussing the inspiration of the Bible)  Regardless, the fact remains that God called Abraham to leave Haran in order to provide the seed for a nation that would ultimately bring us Christ!

The Promises

When God first called Abram, the word “covenant” was not used.  MacArthur explains “The Abrahamic covenant proper is introduced in verses 1-3, actually made in 15:18-21, reaffirmed in 17:1-21, then renewed with Isaac (26:25) and Jacob (28:10-17).[5]

Eight promises are made by God to Abram in 12:1-3:

  1. I will make you a great nation.
  2. I will bless you.
  3. I will make your name great.
  4. You will be a blessing.
  5. I will bless those who bless you.
  6. I will curse those who curse you.
  7. All the persons on earth will be blessed through you.
  8. I will give you the land of Canaan.[6]

Let us examine these promises:

A great nation. Abraham’s descendants did indeed become a great nation.  Though he never saw it in his lifetime, the number of his descendants grew rapidly.  A. Boyd Luter, Jr notes that “his descendants apparently numbered over two million by the time of the Exodus (some 600,000 men, plus their wives and many children; Ex 12:37)[7] Today there are almost fifteen million Jews in the world.[8] In Israel, 76% of the populations of over 7,230,000 are Jews.[9]

God will bless him.  There is no doubt that God greatly blessed Abraham.  While in Egypt, Pharaoh gave him a large number of sheep, oxen, donkeys and camels as well as male and female servants. (Gen 12:16)  It is unclear though if he kept them after Pharaoh discovered Abram’s deception concerning Sarai and ordered him out of Egypt.  Still though, Abram owned a large amount of livestock and employed herdsmen to tend to them.  The numbers were great enough that the land wasn’t able to handle both his and Lot’s herds and flocks, thus forcing the two to go their separate ways. (Gen 13:6-12)

Abraham was blessed by kings.  After he defeated Chedorlaoner, Melchizedek, the king of Salem, blessed him saying “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth.” (Gen 14:18-20)  Later, Abimelech, the king of Geror, after he discovered that Abraham had deceived him in the same way he deceived Pharaoh, still blessed him, giving him sheep, oxen and male and female servants. (Gen 20:14)  The king told him “Behold, my land is before you; settle wherever you please.” (Gen 20:15)

God would make his name great.  Abraham is one of the most famous people of the Bible.  His seed gave us three major religions.  The Jews still call him Father Abraham.  Even in his own time he was well known and greatly respected.  One example of this happened when Abraham was looking for a burial place for Sarah.  He asked the sons of Heth, who were Hittites, for a burial site.  They responded “you are a mighty prince among us; bury your dead in the choicest of our graves; none of us will refuse you his grave for burying your dead.” (Gen 23:6)

You will be a blessing.  Abraham became a blessing through his example.  Luter writes the example was “of proper worship and proclamation of the Lord’s name (12:8), as well by his justifying faith (15:6, Rm 4:3).[10] In Romans 4:1-3, Paul uses the example of Abraham to “prove justification by faith alone because the Jews held him up as the supreme example of a righteous man.”[11]

I will bless those who bless you.  This pertains to both individuals and nations, although the list of nations that have blessed the Jews is few and continues to dwindle.  It is different with individuals.  One example is that of Abimelech.  After he blessed Abraham, “God healed Abimelech and his wife and his maids so that they bore children.  For the LORD had closed fast all the wombs of the household of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.” (Gen 20:17-18)  Another who became blessed was Rahab, the prostitute of Jericho who hid the Israelite spies from the king of Jericho. (Josh 2)  For her help, she was blessed by being saved from the destruction of the city by Joshua.

I will curse those who curse you.  There once was a t-shirt for sale that listed all the nations throughout history who sought to destroy the Jews only to be destroyed themselves due to the promise of the curse.  Some of those listed were the Philistines, Babylon and the Roman Empire.  Suffice to say, going against the Jews is something God will not tolerate.  There will be more about this and those blessed because they blessed in the conclusion of this paper.

All the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.  It was the Jews who gave us all Scripture through which God is revealed through us.  From Abraham’s seed, through Jacob’s son Judah, we were given Christ Himself, the ultimate blessing for all people who believe in Him.

I will give you the land of Canaan.  Abram was called by God to leave his home in Haran and go to Canaan, which is the Promised Land.  To this day, the Jews have yet to occupy the entire land.  This will be fully discussed in the next chapter.

Thus God had made His promises to Abram.  In the next chapter God will reaffirm these promises as He formally establishes the covenant.

[1]. MacArthur, The Macarthur Bible Commentary, 29.
The year of Abraham’s birth is dependant on the year the Exodus began.  The NLT Study Bible (p 15) provides both 2166 BC and the alternate year of 1990 BC to match the early date of the Exodus by some scholars. (1270 BC instead of 1446 BC)

[2]. David Rosenberg, Abraham: The First Historical Biography (New York City: Basic Books, 2006), 88.

[3]. J. Julius Scott Jr., Jewish Background of The New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1995), 127.

[4]. Millard J. Erickson, Christian Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1998), 239.

[5]. MacArthur, The Macarthur Bible Commentary, 29.

[6]. Rhodes, The Popular Dictionary of Bible Prophecy, 11.

[7]. A. Boyd Luter Jr., Comments On Genesis 12-50, in The Apologetics Study Bible, ed. Ted Cabal (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2007), 23.

[8]. World Almanac and Book of Facts 2010 (New York City: World Almanac Books, 2009), 704.

[9]. Ibid., 793.

[10]. A. Boyd Luter Jr., Comments On Genesis 12-50, in The Apologetics Study Bible, ed. Ted Cabal (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2007), 23.

[11]. John MacArthur, MacArthur Bible Commentary (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2005), 1515.